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2016 18 & Over, 40 & Over Champions Decided at Combo Doubles Southern Sectional Championships - Monday, March 20, 2017

NORTH CAROLINA, TENNESSEE, LOUISIANA HAVE STANDOUT RESULTS

MOBILE, ALA. Ė March 13, 2017 Ė USTA Southern crowned 19 champions at the 2015 18 & Over and 40 & Over Combo Doubles Southern Sectional Championships, played March 10-12.

 

North Carolina had the most champions with six, plus a finalist, while Tennessee placed five winners and three runners-up. Louisiana had a strong showing with three champions and three finalists.

Raleigh, N.C., teams grabbed two winners' trophies and had one runner-up. Tennessee cities were well represented as Chattanooga had two champions and Knoxville had one winner and two finalists.

A 40 & Over Menís 5.5 level was added this year, pushing the event to 19 levels. The annual championships were played at the Copeland-Cox Mobile Tennis Center (tournament headquarters) and the Cottage Hill/Medal of Honor Park March 10-13.

 

There were 168 menís and womenís teams with 1,522 players from nine states. More information can be found on the tournamentís website, www.SouthernCombo.com. This is the 2016 tournament because teams qualified in local play last year.

Levels highlighted in gray played finals while the other levels played round robins. Champions and finalists were:

Level

Winner

Finalist

18 & Over
Menís 5.5

Benton, Ark. (A)
Captain: Brandon Kiker

Daniel Island, S.C.
Captain: Christopher Whitaker

18 & Over
Menís 6.5

Knoxville, Tenn.
Captain: Jay Huffman

Raleigh, N.C.
Captain: Eric Mortiz

18 & Over
Menís 7.5

Jackson, Miss.
Captain: Mark Adair

Monroe, La.
Captain: Paul Gullette

18 & Over
Menís 8.5

Durham, N.C.
Captain: Nicholas Klowman

Mobile, Ala. (A)
Captain: Kenny Sands

18 & Over
Menís 9.5

Lake Norman, N.C.
Captain: Kane Haynes
(Round-robin competition)

N/A

40 & Over
Menís 5.5

Raleigh, N.C.
Captain: Shawn Lav
(Round-robin competition)

N/A

40 & Over
Menís 6.5

Pelham, Ala. (A)
Co-captains: Chud Cullum & William Belski

Southaven, Miss. (A)
Captain: Lee Parks

40 & Over
Menís 7.5

Chattanooga, Tenn.
Captain: Chris Peoples

Shreveport, La.
Co-captains: Freddie Widmer & Norman Duhon

40 & Over
Menís 8.5

Chattanooga, Tenn. (A)
Captain: Brian Proffitt

Rockmart, Ga.
Captain: Barry Owen

18 & Over
Womenís 2.5

Fort Mill, N.C.
Co-captains: Jamie Thomas & Joanne Hurley


Memphis, Tenn.
Captain: Lindsey Mackie

18 & Over
Womenís 5.5

Mandeville/Covington, La.
Co-captains: Rachel Castellanos & Julie Oubre

Clarksdale, Miss. (A)
Captain: Laurie Bullock

18 & Over
Womenís 6.5

Shreveport, La.
Captain: Erin Dicharry

Tupelo, Miss. (A)
Captain: Mikki Gilliland

18 & Over
Womenís 7.5

Pelham, Ala.
Co-captains: Ashley Riggio & Sarah Mizell

Knoxville, Tenn.
Captain: Lynn Liu

18 & Over
Womenís 8.5

Slidell, La.
Captain: Brittany Stasney & Christy Stasney

Knoxville, Tenn.
Captain: Brooke Dill

18 & Over
Womenís 9.5

Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Co-captains: Michelle Clark & Julie Child
(Round-robin competition)

 

N/A

40 & Over
Womenís 5.5

Raleigh, N.C.
Captain: Kim Johnson

Mandeville/Covington, La. (A)
Captain: Jennifer Griffith

40 & Over
Womenís 6.5

Memphis, Tenn.
Captain: Hanh Vaught

Louisville, Ky.
Captain: Laura Haara

40 & Over
Womenís 7.5

Nashville, Tenn.
Co-captains: Jennifer Davis & Renee Bruno

Bentonville, Ark.
Captain: Kim Delatin

40 & Over
Womenís 8.5

Charlotte, N.C.
Captain: Arlene Conger

Louisville, Ky.
Captain: Dee Clark

LINK TO PHOTOS: CLICK HERE

A team match consisted of three courts. Most teams played four team matches, with the top two teams in each level facing off in a final. Three levels played a round robin without a final. In Combo Doubles, the two teammates on court ≠must have a combined National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) rating that does not exceed the level in which the team competes.

 

USTA Southern crowned six champions at the 2016 55 & Over Combo Doubles Southern Sectional Championships, played March 3-5, in Auburn, Ala.

 

The teams, which represented various clubs, parks, recreational departments and organizations, earned the right to represent one of nine states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

 

The leagues were established to provide adult recreational tennis players with the opportunity to compete against players of similar ability levels. Players participate on teams in a league format, which is administered by USTA Southern. The league groups players by using six NTRP levels, ranging from 2.5 (entry) to 5.5 (advanced). Combo Doubles is open to any USTA member 18 years of age or older. It features an 18 & Over, a 40 & Over and a 55 & Over division.

 

Team photos are available on request. Email Ron Cioffi at cioffi@sta.usta.com.

 

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The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level Ė from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. It owns and operates the US Open, the largest annually attended sporting event in the world, and launched the Emirates Airline US Open Series linking seven summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns about 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S., and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic games. A not-for-profit organization with more than 655,000 members, it invests 100 percent of its proceeds in growing the game. It is divided into 17 sections, of which USTA Southern is the largest. The 160,000+ USTA members living in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee make up USTA Southern, and account for nearly 25 percent of the total USTA membership. A professional staff housed in Peachtree Corners, Ga., carries out USTA Southernís daily operations, but policy is formed and much of the organizationís work is executed via a board and committee structure of more than 200 volunteers. For more information about the types of programs and services offered by USTA Southern, visit www.southerntennis.com.

 

Media Contact:

Ron Cioffi, USTA Southern

770-368-8200 x112

cioffi@sta.usta.com


 

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